The final installment of All Aboard, a four-part series on trains and the American experience, takes place 2-4 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries, 200 NW C Street.
Featuring local historian Robert Hirning, the series wraps up with “The Engine of Infrastructure.” Topics will include:
- Standardization of time, gauge, and equipment
- How operating crews, centers, and locomotives evolved over the years
- How yards, towers, terminal, and junctions function together
- How electricity, automation, computers, and GPS have and will change railroading
Hirning is an Illinois Valley train enthusiast and railroad historian who has ridden the rails from Vermont to Vera Cruz to Vladivostok. He has crossed the U.S. 26 times by rail and ridden every line in Mexico and most in Canada. Rail fans of all ages will enjoy Robert’s encyclopedic knowledge of railroads in America. Hirning quotes Edna St. Vincent Millay in saying, “There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take no matter where it’s going.”
The All Aboard presentation series is part of the library’s Literary Extension Project paid for by a grant from the Oregon Humanities. For more information about the All Aboard presentation series, call (541) 476-0571.